MTV News is currently up in Canada covering the Toronto International Film Festival and learning about all of the exciting movies we'll be treated to in the next few months, but Logan Lerman taught us something we weren't expecting.
If Paul McCartney doesn't like your movie, he won't tell you.
The former Beatle caught an early screening of Lerman's new movie, "Perks of Being a Wallflower," and the actor got a chance to meet McCartney afterward.
The folks from Film.com are back with more reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival.
Today, we have opinions on Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation, "Much Ado About Nothing," the divisive Ryan Gosling drama, "The Place Beyond the Pines," and the latest from Brian De Palma, "Passion," with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.
"The Place Beyond the Pines"
The real art of “The Place Beyond the Pines” is the innovative plot construct, which can only be compared to films such as “The Godfather” and “A Prophet.” No, “The Place Beyond the Pines” isn’t as good as either of those films, and it’s not nearly as watchable as either (less overall arc, too weighty throughout), but it certainly heralds the arrival of a vibrant director. It’s not the type of film anyone outside of “serious” film fans will have the patience for, but it’s no less the accomplishment for the total lack of comfort it provides an audience. -Laremy Legel
One of the biggest surprises coming out of the weekend in Toronto has to be Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines."
Before TIFF, what we all knew about "Pines" was scarce at best. There was an image of a bleach blond Ryan Gosling, a supporting cast that included Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes, and a logline that sounded a hell of a lot like "Drive." ("A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.")
Critics came out of weekend screenings of "Pines" surprised above all. Their opinions, on the other hand, varied wildly from passionate praise to strong dislike, but the film started some serious bidding among studios, eventually landing with Focus, who will release it sometime next year.
Now two clips from the film have shown up online, and you can check them out after the jump!
The Toronto International Film Festival was going strong over the weekend, debuting just about every serious awards contender for the year, so naturally there are a lot of reviews to go through.
Thankfully, the folks over at Film.com have their crack team up in the Great White North, taking in the best of what TIFF has to offer. We've rounded up some of their most recent reviews, so take look after the jump!
We're a few days into one of the biggest Toronto International Film Festival line-ups in recent years, and already opinions on some of this year's most anticipated releases have begun to roll out.
The folks over at Film.com have a few representatives up at TIFF, who have been kind enough to catch some of these titles and let us know what they think.
Adapting any highly regarded piece of literature comes with a lot of pressure, but for the cast and crew of "On the Road," the status of Kerouac's seminal novel was in a category of its own.
For the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, two of the stars of "On the Road," Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, spoke with MTV News' Josh Horowitz about that pressure and how they dealt with it.
Read more after the jump!
We've seen the awards buzz swell in the past few weeks with Venice, Telluride, and now Toronto, so the folks over at Film.com have broken down the high-profile TIFF entries to see which has the greatest potential to score Oscar gold come February.
Chief among the candidates has to be Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which is currently looking like a lock for Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. Then you have to factor in Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams, who have all received acclaims for their work.
Head over to Film.com to see the full list.
If you've been paying attention to what's going on at the Toronto International Film Festival, then chances are good that you've already heard about "The Raid," which opened the festival's Midnight Madness last night.
Welsh director Gareth Huw Evans is the mad man responsible for this Indonesian martial arts movie about a SWAT team trapped inside of a deadly tenement with killers and drug addicts lurking about every corner, and reviews already say that it's an absolute can't miss for action movie fans.
Another reason to tune in? Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will do a new score for the US release. It's the first time he's ever written a score for a film, and our exclusive sneak peek of the movie features a sample of what's to come.
Without further ado, watch an exclusive red-band sneak peek at footage from "The Raid," only here at MTV News. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!
Warning: this video contains extreme violence and is not safe for work!
Having already demonstrated her ability to "Kick-Ass" as Hit-Girl, Chloe Grace Moretz is out to show a different side of herself in "Hick."
"Hick," directed by Derick Martini, makes its grand debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this coming weekend, offering movie lovers a very different (but no less talented) side of Moretz than you've seen before. If you won't be at Toronto, never fear — we've got an EXCLUSIVE first look at the movie in the video below.
Moretz stars in "Hick" as Luli, a thirteen-year-old Nebraska native living with a particularly shady pair of parents who get drunk and fight like clockwork. The sour dynamic gets particularly rotten when Luli's parents throw down in the middle of her birthday party.
MTV Movies managing editor Josh Horowitz left for Canada this morning, where he'll spend the next bunch of days seeing movies and yakking it up with celebrities at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Among the cooler offerings being screened there is "Mulberry Street" director Jim Mickle's "Stake Land," which falls into the unusual sub-genre of vampire road movie.
The story follows a teen who joins a veteran vampire hunter on a road trip across post-apocalyptic America. In addition to dealing with the expected army of bloodsuckers, the unlikely twosome must also contend with crazed religious fundamentalists who believe that the vampire pandemic is actually the Lord's work. In the below photo exclusive you can see fledgling vampire hunter Martin ("Gossip Girl" actor Connor Paolo) perched above a recent kill. "Stake Land" also stars Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis and Bonnie Dennison.